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Starbucks Rolling out Reusable Cups

January 3, 2013 12:33 pm

Starbucks Corp. is rolling out a $1 reusable plastic cup at its cafes starting Thursday. The Seattle-based coffee chain already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills. Now it's hoping the new cups — which bear its logo and resemble its white paper cups — will increase the habit.


Liquor Stores Rebuff Proposal for Wine in Tenn. Groceries

January 3, 2013 12:28 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

An effort to reduce opposition to supermarket wine sales in Tennessee has so far failed to change the minds of the liquor store owners who stand to lose the most out of the proposal. Under the bill taking shape before the Legislature convenes next week, local referendums would determine if wine could be sold alongside beer in grocery and convenience stores.


Smithfield Continues Phasing out Gestation Crates

January 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Thursday it is on track to end the practice of keeping female hogs in small metal crates while pregnant at its U.S. facilities by 2017 and plans to phase out the practice at its international hog production operations and its joint ventures by 2022.


Consumer Trends: Perceptions of Healthy Evolve

January 3, 2013 12:23 pm

Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and drink.


Russians Have New Dilemma: Where to Buy Beer?

January 3, 2013 9:35 am | by JIM HEINTZ,Associated Press

Under a law that took effect on New Year's Day, selling beer at the ubiquitous kiosks that mushroomed along Russian sidewalks and roadsides after the collapse of the Soviet Union has been banned. New laws could deal a finishing blow to a symbol of the country's lively and disorderly post-communist free market.


Coca-Cola Buys Independent Bottler

January 3, 2013 9:32 am

Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co., one of the largest Coca-Cola bottling companies in the U.S., said Wednesday that it will be acquired by Coca-Cola Co. The Sacramento, Calif., company said it is the sixth-largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola in the U.S. and does business in northern California. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.


Ski Resorts Spruce up Cocktail Menus

January 3, 2013 9:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,Associated Press

Skiers have always sought out a refreshing drink or two after a day of racing down the mountain. Every afternoon, they can be seen unbuckling tight boots and heading into slopeside bars. Beer flows freely while a cheesy guitarist or cover band wails away. But now resorts are making apres ski a bit fancier, with drinks that leave weary skiers shouting, "Another round, barkeeper!"


Dean Foods Rises on ‘Cliff’ Deal

January 3, 2013 9:28 am

Shares of Dean Foods rose more than 4 percent on Wednesday, as the "fiscal cliff" compromise deal will avert the potential doubling of milk prices. The measure approved by Congress extends portions of the expired 2008 farm bill through September, according to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.


Hormel Buying Skippy Peanut Butter for $700M

January 3, 2013 9:25 am

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, for about $700 million.


Photo of the Day: Skiers Kick Back with Specialty Drinks

January 3, 2013 9:22 am

This undated image provided by Park Hyatt Beaver Creek shows a beer float served at the hotel in Avon, Colo. The drink features local beers and ice creams and sorbets made in house at the hotel. It’s one of a number of specialty drinks served for the après ski crowd at resorts and hotels around the West.


Thought of the Day: "Mitch McConnell's Version of a Farm Bill"

January 2, 2013 1:15 pm

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to approve a Senate bill to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a little known provision in the bill provided relief to dairy farmers across the country. A somewhat controversial measure put forward by Senate Republican Mitch McConnell will extend some portions of the yet unpassed Farm Bill through September.


Dole To Close on ITOCHU Deal in 2013

January 2, 2013 12:14 pm

Dole Food Co. anticipates completing the approximately $1.7 billion sale of its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. early this year. But the food company also cautioned that earnings from its fresh fruit business continue to drop due to weak economic conditions and rising banana prices in Asia.


S&P Lowers ConAgra Rating on Ralcorp Purchase

January 2, 2013 12:12 pm

Standard & Poor's Rating Services has lowered its rating on ConAgra Foods Inc. because the food company's planned $5 billion acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will add to its debt. When including debt, the companies value the acquisition at $6.8 billion.


Wash. Liquor Prices up 10 Percent Since Privatization

January 2, 2013 12:10 pm

Privatizing liquor sales in Washington state hasn't brought prices down, as some had hoped. Instead, average liquor prices are up 10 percent since a year ago. The cost of liquor in Washington went up six months ago, right after the changeover, and has mostly stayed that way, The Daily Herald reported Monday.


Starbucks Completes Teavana Deal

January 2, 2013 12:07 pm

Starbucks Corp. said Monday it completed its $620 million purchase of Teavana Holdings Inc., which sells high-end loose-leaf teas. Teavana has locations in about 300 shopping malls, and Starbucks plans to set up stand-alone stores around the world and add tea bars where customers can buy hot and cold drinks.


Idaho Inmates Sue Beer Companies

January 2, 2013 12:05 pm

Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise are suing a handful of major beer and wine companies, contending that alcohol led to their crimes and that they should have been warned that the beverages can be addictive.


Consumer Trends: Top Flavor Sensations for 2013

January 2, 2013 12:02 pm

American palates now prefer sweet and smoky above other popular flavors, according to a Kettle Brand-commissioned national survey conducted in December. The company is predicting a new wave of flavor sensations for 2013, and this summer will launch at least one new flavor to appeal to the evolved consumer palate.


Cal-Maine Slumps on 2Q Earnings

January 2, 2013 9:55 am

Shares of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. slumped more than 10 percent Monday, after the egg producer said its profit dropped because of higher feed prices and costs related to a recent acquisition. Cal-Maine's net income fell 39 percent in its fiscal second quarter because of higher prices for corn and soybean meal, the main ingredients it uses to feed its chickens.


British Company First in Europe To Grow Wasabi

January 2, 2013 9:53 am

A British farm has become the first place in Europe to grow and sell the native Japanese plant wasabi, as European chefs increasingly use it in a wide range of dishes. A farm in Dorset in southwest England began growing wasabi about three years ago and says the plant is now being "snapped up" by chefs all over Europe since going on sale in July.


‘Cliff’ Deal Prevents Spike in Milk Prices

January 2, 2013 9:49 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A potential doubling of milk prices will be averted as part of the compromise that White House and congressional bargainers reached on wide-ranging legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff," a leading senator said late Monday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told reporters that negotiators had agreed to extend portions of the expired 2008 farm bill through September.



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